If you’re using the IFS on your iSeries for users to store files then you’ve probably struggled with storage management. I’ve often compared managing user storage to being a credit card company with a lot of irresponsible customers. We give a customer a $1000 credit limit (i.e., 100 MB of storage) and they go on a spending spree. Once they’ve reached their limit they ask for more money. Since they have good credit we give them an extra $500 (i.e., bump their storage limit an additional 50 MB). We may do this a couple of times before we catch on and send them to the collection department to hound them on a regular basis to get below their credit limit.
When users reach their storage quotas, simple things like generating spooled files are a problem because they don’t have any space to generate them. Then they call IT when their reports don’t print.
Now, users who need their storage caps adjusted for a business requirement have a legitimate reason. I’ll adjust your quota accordingly and perhaps make a case to add disk. My beef lies with knuckleheads using 90% of their storage on pictures of their family trip to Disney World. If you can afford the digital camera and the trip then you can afford a flash drive or a DVD burner. So pretty please, keep the crap off the production server.
I put together a little automated email routine to inform users and cut down on storage related support calls. Personally, I’d say I’ve easily cut the storage support calls by 50%. Here’s the gist of what the user gets:
There’s a number of pieces that put this together.
If anyone would like an explanation on how to do build this yourself, please let me know and I’d be happy to help. It’s a Frankenstein solution, but it’s free and works well.]]>